10 Great Reasons to Limit your Guest List to your Very Nearest
By Meredith Hams and Joanna Yninas Saltz
Fewer guests equals less stress. Arrange
the seating chart can be the most difficult part of your
planning. Start with all the dramas-you want to seat your
eight school buddies together, but two of them aren't
speaking. Or you have random guests who don't fit in anywhere.
A more intimate gather saves you the stress of finding
seats that'll make 200 people happy-and may allow you
to have your guests sit where they want.
You'll save your saliva. You'll be cutting
the number of invitations, so you won't have to lick so
many envelopes. You'll also cut postage and calligraphy
You'll have more room at the tables.
Less can mean more in other ways: more booty-shakin' space
on the dance floor, more cake to pig out on. While the
space is always a plus, the "more" that you'll
appreciate most of is time-you'll have more of it spend
with each of your special guests.
Everyone can get up close and personal
to your ceremony. No one has to sit all the way in the
back and have her view obstructed. Everyone will be able
to hear every vow.
You don't need to rent the convention
center. With fewer guests on your list, you can celebrate
at a more inventive reception site-a charming inn, a new
art gallery, or an old Victorian home.
Caviar for 50 guests beats chips and
salsa for 300. Cutting guests lets you serve more elegant
foods or bigger portions. You can spoil your guest with
shrimp and foie gras, or a 12-ounce filet mignon instead
When the best man gives an embarrassing
toast, fewer people will hear it. Need we say more?
You'll be cutting all the lines. Guests
are always waiting in line-the receiving line, the buffet
line, and of course, the bathroom line. Fewer guests means
more dancing and fun time.
You'll have no post-wedding laryngitis
sufferers. Loud music and a lively crowd make for an entertaining,
but noisy party. Cut the guests and you'll be cutting
the decibel level as well.
You might actually know everyone. How
great it would be to look around the room and recognize
everyone? You won't need name tags (or parental help)
to know who everyone is.
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